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    March 29, 2011
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everyby, good afternoon. i'm thomas roberts in for mart. tuesday, march 29th. here's what's happening. fallout, more traces of radiation found in america from that crippled nuclear plan in japan. is the threat to the u.s. and the world growing? murderous attacksing libyan forces answer president obama's address with a new round of attacks on civilians, according to the rebels. and camelot, it's not. the new miniseries on jfk and jackie o., many historians say it's more fiction than fact. we speak to the producer 0 of the series ahead. good afternoon. we begin with the disaster in japan where the prime minister says the country is in a stalts of maximum alert, this as the fukushima crisis worsens.
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japan officials have said they believe there's been a partial meltdown at three of the plants' six reactors, that's half. now today radioactive water has been discovered in the maintenance tunnel at the plant. in a a spatefrtepha fr l io ocns e nd ncte peltoeer he nnoced 2 etrothor nd, stonrm plonm seepifr the damaged nuclear power plant into the soil outside the facility. plutonium is years. but so far, officials claim the levels found are not harmful to human health. meanwhile, more traces of radiation have been found in the u.s., raising new concerns. today in california one of the diablo nuclear plant reactors remains shut down after problems with the water pump. officials are not sure how long
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those repairs are going to take. nbc's charles hadlock in the region following the latest developments and joins us with more. the japanese prime minister has said the country is under maximum alert. their word. and there are special guidelines or instructions that are coming from on high from the officials that come along with this alert outside of the small evacuation zone we've been talking about near the plant. >> reporter: thomas, it severally means it's a situation in japan's fukushima plant remains unpredict pittsburgh. engineers are trying to keep the reactors cooling. what engineers are learning is when they pump water into the reactors the radiated water, water radi turbine rooms, and into the tunnels underneath each of the reactor buildings. now, just one tunnels enough -- holes enough water to fill two olympic sized swimming pools with radiated water. today, two workers were splashed
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with water from broken pipe, even though they were wearing protective suits and presumably waterproof suits they were still soaked to their underwear according to officials. officials said they were able to rinse off and they're okay. it shows you the types of problems they're facing and how dangerous the situation remains. >> it really is serious is the concern continues to grow, set da setbacks happening day in and day out. any plan on expanding the evacuation zone? >> reporter: right now the evacuation zone is a 12-mile radius around the plant, and that involves tens of thousands of people who have been removed from the area. what japanese officials now are urging that people within an 18-mile radius of the plant leave as well. some are hess tan to do so but sooner or later they'll have to because a lot of food and water supplies are being cut off to that region because obviously
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people don't want to enter that danger zone. >> charles hadhawk in seoul, south korea. joining us to offer clarity on the setbacks, a writing fellow and author of "tropic of chaos, climb change." as we hear charles' report, it continues, setbacks continue day in and day out. while they make one step forward, something happens that they can't predict that accepts them two steps backwards. as we learn about the workers at fukushima having resorted to using sandbags to prevent radioactive water from leaking out, what does that say to you about the techniques that are being used in the highly volatile situation? >> one tng it showshey're operating the seof the pas. they don know where theyan put this close to
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the reactors and it sounds like they're moving towards what many experted predicted all along this is going to have to be encased in concrete and sand, as cher nobl chernobyl was. peter bradford, it's impossible to say in the middle of a crisis what the real effects are. so we're just in the middle of this and we don't flow how bad it could get and that should really be a warning to us in this country when we hear experts saying, we've got it under control, we understand everything. that's clearly never the case about anything. with technology that's as dangerous as atomic power, people need to be very, very careful about athey don't know. >> and in this situation, with what we're watching happening in fukushima, there is so much that we don't know. certainly for years, maybe generations to come, as we talk about the fact that the plutonium was in the soil, officials now saying, the levels are so small, but still, this is a huge red flag and the reason
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is because plutonium could be dangerous to humans even in small doses. as we watch this, if they are successfully able to stop the leaks what does it mean to that soil for generations to come and those living around it? how dangerous is it to those people? >> well, plutonium has a half-life of 24,000 years, and if you ingest it, it's highly carcinogenic. radiation it gives off is less carcinogenic and less dangerous, but it means a large part of northeast japan is a sacrifice zone, as we have around chernobyl where an area the size of half of new jersey is absolutely deadly to even enter, and there has been arc coring to greenpeace, 200,000 excess deaths due to radiation-caused cancer in the region and wider areas that people have more or less abandoned. a large part of the world's second largest most technically
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developed and economy will be a no-go area for the foreseeable future for decades and decades. >> as we talk about the story we can't leave out the heroic work being done by the men and women remaining behind within this plant trying to get the situation there contained and as we heard in charles hadlock's report, the fact water has splashed on some workers today, we don't know the extent of the type of injury that that's workers could have for some time. what does it mean when we observe the situationi obviousl from a distance? is it time to pull these workers out and say we've got to shut this down because we can't predict what's going to happen? >> that, i don't feel qualified to answer. that's an engineering question about, you know, the facts close to the crisis are much different from what we have. who knows about that? in the long term, clearly this plant is sacrificed and tokyo electric power company was reluctant to go into that direction. they resisted putting saltwater
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and in that exacerbated this, maybe triggered what is probably a meltdown in one of the reactors. if they put saltwater in, components corrode, they lose the plant. the story of the company is similar to the companies that run our plants. tokyo electric power was in the red in 2007, new head has got continue profitable by cutting costs. you see that in this crisis itself how he's reliuctant to lose assets. sounds like they were forced to admit this whole facility is lost and flare going to have to entomb it. in terms of details how to be managed, that is beyond my abilities. >> when it comes to talking about the radiation from japan now detected in parts of the u.s. -- and we have a map to show everybody where this h enisve -rtnd setl anaheim, as far east as
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denver. >> and massachusetts, what does it mean to all of us here in the states as we watch this, and as you brought up the point of saying this gives us pause for concern about how we operate in this country when it comes to our own nuclear power? >> well, and far the trace elements of iodine 131, which has a half-life of it's a days, so doesn't last as long as plutonium or cesium, it's been found in very, very small amounts. it probably won't cause much of a health risk at this level but all of the reactors in fukushima to go to meltdown, were the spent fuel rod pool was contain more radioactive material than the reactors, were they to drain and burn it could possibly reach a lefrm that wvel that was dang health in this country. it does show us, peedsimmediate were told it was impossible any
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radioactive iodine 131, but it has. it says something about the culture that surrounds the technology. everybody is so sure of themselves and of the technology that it's a cavalier attitude and that is the core issue in terms of how we deal with this question of our fleet of 104 atomic power plants. everybody, proponentses of the industry and critics like to talk about the future, when we should, shouldn't, only one is just commissioned. none are under construction. there isn't going to be a future fleet because wall street doesn't want anything to do with this stuff. if you want to invest money to generate power to sell for a profit, atomic power is not the way to do it. but we havae an aging fleet of reactors and everybody's talking about future, the industry's busy going to the nuclear regulatory commission getting these plans relicensed, they're supposed to last for 40 years, 64 have been given licenses,
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relicenses to operate for 60, 20 more years and also power up rates. the last plant to receive a relicensing got 120% power upraise, operate agent 120% from mt. yankee. >> what's evident is the fact of the discussion of nuclear power is not going anywhere for a long timing to come. good to have you in today. coming up, new fighting in libya. new protests in syria. should the u.s. police the middle east and north africa? and we speak to the producer of the controversial kennedy mi miniseri miniseries. [ horn honks ] now we're hittin' the road with the proglide challenge. yo -- come on down here! what razor do you use? the disposable. why the disposable? this is really quick and convenient. we have a faceoff between disposable and proglide! uh oh. ah hah. [ male announcer ] fusion proglide is engineered
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rebels have turned back from gadhafi's hometown of sirte. pro-gadhafi tangs and rockets have rebels pleading for more air strikes. in misrat ta, it's a civilians were killed overnight. a spokesman says there's been bombing all day long there. nbc news chief foreign correspondent richard engel joins us from benghazi. any chance gadhafi cooperating with any of the terms laid out by secretary of state clinton? >> reporter: he may claim to cooperate and the regime in tripoli has done that vefrl t e timtim several times pledging to have a cease-fire, goingiations but was the rebels are in no mood for negotiations. no, to answer your question directly it does not seem likely. in fact, gadhafi is on an aggressive offensive. fushing h inin pushing his front line 100 miles
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forward, driving toward benghazi, not close yet to benghazi, taking away the gains that the rebels had given to them by western air strikes. gadhafi seems intent on reclaiming the oil-rich towns, ras lanuf, brega, all of that area that is vital to the regime's economy that had been taken by the rebels. today the rebels didn't put up any fight and gadhafi's forces were easily able to drive back what was at times a panic and very quick retreat. >> richard, as we all know the u.s. has been the muscle in this, president obama speaking last night saying that by wednesday nato would be at the reins of this. how can they win with what they have? >> reporter: they need -- and it's clear today -- they need constant air strike, even if the air strike let off for a few hours or days, the gadhafi forces will then take that opportunity to advance.
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and push toward the rebel strongholds. they need air support. they need the planes in the sky, if not bombing up providing air cover and keeping gadhafi's forces at bay. without that, the rebels don't seem to have much of a chance. >> nbc news chief foreign correspondent, richard engel. we'll see richard tonight at 11:00 p.m. msnbc. sigh you tonight. libya's one of a handful of nations facing a wave of protest and revolution in syria today. president assad's cabinet resigned in hopes of calming protesters at least 14 killed by government forces. . yemen, the president rescinded his offer to step down while militants have managed to seize some tanks and trucks armed with machine guns. bahrain, the parliament accepted resignations of 11 lawmakers after deadly crackdowns on protesters. add to that the fighting in libya and rising tensions in
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algeria, and you have a region in almost complete turmoil. founder of aslem media.com. did president obama make the case for using force in libya but staying out of bahrain? >> he hoped to make that case. this is a sophisticated arab street, as we all know, and they -- while they may be positive and supportive of the international strikes of libya, nobody is a fan of gadhafi in the arab world. they must be scratching their heads and wondering how the situation in libya is different than i, say, the situation in bahrain. and that kind of hypocrisy, if you will, is not going to sit well with the arab street one things begin to die down in libya, as everyone hopes it will in the coming weeks. >> that's what i wanted to ask, how events in libya likely being viewed as we consider the
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broader spectrum of things in the middle east and the horn of north africa. >> well, i think that most of the arab street, to be honest is as confused as the united states as what is the goal of the air strikes. we heard that the rebels are using the umbrella of nato air strikes in order to advance towards tripoli with the goal of removing gadhafi from power. that means we are a part of the civil war and that we can't pretend we're standing back and protecting civilians. that's clearly not what is happening. and you saw in meeting taking place now in london where david cameron and nicolas sarkozy and secretary clinton, one after another said, ultimately the goal it' the other hot spots in the region, in your opinion, which is likely to do what is happening now? explode as we're seeing however.
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>> listen, thomas, one thing that's interesting, and that isn't being talked about, one of the consequences of the international action in libya is going to be that it's -- it hopefully will at least create a bit of a pause in assad's response, in syria, to the protests taking place there. he's already, you know, managed to kill off a large number, dozens of unarmed protesters in syria over last couple of weeks. however, i'm hoping that at the very least he will look at what's go on in libya and that will stop him from doing something more, from moving forward on a massacre, a wide scale massacre, of protesters in syria. that remains to be seen. but i think with a bit of a wink and a nod that's what the organizations, the african union, arab league and nato meeting in london that's the message they're hoping to send to syria. >> thank you. appreciate your time today. reminder, tonight on nbc
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"nightly news," brian williams sits down and speaks to directly with president obama. coming up next -- is walmart just too big to be sued? the supreme court hears a massive sex discrimination lawsuit. the kennedys, the new miniseries that found a home. will the controversy help the series in the ratings? how are you getting to a happier place? running there? dancing there? how about eating soup to get there? campbell's soups fill you with good nutrition, farm-grown ingredients, and can help you keep a healthy weight. campbell's. it's amazing what soup can do. ♪ i was diagnosed with copd. i could not take a deep breath i noticed i was having trouble. climbing the stairs, working in the garden, painting. my doctor suggested spiriva right then. announcer: spiriva is the only once-daily inhaled maintenance treatment for copd, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
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is walmart too big to be sued? that's the question before the u.s. supreme court today in a massive sex discrimination suit. for crowds of protesters gathered outside the court, the answer is emphatically a yes. if given the go-ahead the case wou could be the largest gender biased suit in history. pete williams, you've been following the arguments inside court. how is this case looking for more than 1 million women that want to be able to sue walmart?
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>> reporter: not good, thomas, my guess here. it's always tricky to guess what the court's going to do based on the questions but here's the issue. in order 0-to-have a class action all of the people in the class sue having to have something in common, all claim that the company did something wrong that caused discriminal nation in their cases. here's the deal, walmart has a decentralized policy of letting local managers make the decisions on raises and promotions but many members of the court said that's contradictory. you say walmart has a policy that has wronged your women but it turns out to be individual store managers were making the decisions, so what is it? based on those questions, majority of the court is not going to fine there's enough cohesiveness in the class to justify a class action. there's some other issues that the lawyers for walmart brought up today. they say the class is so big it includes not only hourly
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employees, but also store managers, that the class is at war with itself. there are people who are making the pay and promotion decisions within that class. my guess, thomas, would be that the supreme court will not find this class can go forward to trial. >> we will wait and watch for the official word. pete, thanks very much. coming up, muslims and discrimination in america. the senate hearings straight ahead. for you, "the last kennedys," controversial mi miniseries one network refused to air. we speak to the producer. sahiggins.
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oh. ooh. happy birthday todd. it's for a cough... from allergies... [ male announcer ] halls relieves coughs and sore throats due to allergies too. now you know. during his speech to the nation last night, president obama stressed the knack while the united states led this operation in libya at the start, he is determined to spread the responsibility and the cost going forward. >> contrary to the claims of some, american leadership is not a matter of going it alone and
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bearing all of the burden ourselves. real leadership creates the conditions and coalitions for others to step up as well, to work with allies and partners so that they bear their share of the burden and pay their share of the costs. and to see that the principles of justice and human dignity are upheld by all. >> richard wolf is an msnbc contributor and political analyst. the president spoke about the cost of this mission. the breakdown so far, it has cost the u.s. roughly $550 million including up to $298 million just alone for tomahawk missiles used against gadhafi. even with nato taking command of this operation later this week, the u.s. involvement is still going to cost $40 million every single day. so how long is the white house likely to be able to defend that kind of spending, especially when we can't even get a budget passed in congress? >> reporter: that's a good question.
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of course, for the department of defense, even those huge sums of money are small chiange in the defense budget. various other battlefields where we're pursuing al qaeda, the spending the white house is looking for the contribution, yes, military engagements of one kind or another, turkey has some naval involvement, for instance, the british and french have their own warplanes involved. the but the real contribution will come in a softer diplomatic area looking at reconstruction, looking at civil society support. the whole fabric of billing a democracy in a country run by a tie rant four some years costs money but it doesn't cost the money as the expensive bombs the united states knows how to cost precisely. >> richard wolffe, thank you. also for a very different take on libya and all things
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political, catch bill maher on "hardball" here on msnbc. so, to a historical white house now and the controversy over the new miniseries called the "the kennedys." over $25 million spent on a biopick making its debut sunday on a little well-known reelz channel. after a battle of fact, fiction, politics, almost as epic as the kennedies themselves. take a look. >> are you sure marriage is what you really want? >> the resemblance is striking and for katie holmes an iconic role that could redefine her career. >> to my husband. >> reporter: with a stunning hole. as jackie and greg kinnear as president, an exclusive preview of the new mini series that some say was too hot to handle for hollywood. it is the controversial new take on the kennedys, the high priced eight-part that almost never made air. >> this country is ours for the taking. >> reporter: the project which took months to shoot, was was
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originally slated to appear on the history channel but the series was plagued from the beginning, by questions over historical accuracy in the script, and pressure by the kennedy clan. >> unless there's a significant change in the ground conditions we stay the hell out. >> reporter: caroline kennedy and maria shriver, both with ties to companies that own the history channel, pushed to kill the menny series. why? hollywood reporter, who first broke the story, told "today" with a business decision part of the concern focused on the producer behind the film who created fox's "24." joel definitely believes the miniseries was targeted but was of his conservative views. he believes if tom hanks or steven spielberg made this project there would nobody problem and airing on this the history channel this week. >> reporter: innen view he said
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believe the kennedy family did not want this seen. the blame lies squarely on the people who canceled the show. in a statement the history channel said, while the film is produced and acted with the highest quality, after viewing the f fit for the history brand. >> how was your y. "the kennedys" will premiere on reelz channel which paid $7 million. >> do you think everyone can be bought? >> i haven't met the exception. >> you have now. >> she looks exactly like her. she acts like her. it's a good performance by her. >> i'm not leaving you, jack. >> but now it's sort of tainted by all of this scandal. the upside is, she's getting press now for her performance. so it may end up being good forrer. >> reporter: a miniseries under eight microscope and with a back story taylor made for the subject -- >> yes. i love you.
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>> reporter: it's clear that all these decades later our fascination with camelot endures. >> it really does. the fascination of the story and the story behind the story of what's happening. the producer of "the kennedys" joins me live from los angeles. good to have you with us. it's been a rough road for this series, a bit calling critics calling political character assassination from the start. were you surprised by the controversy and the fact that people were linking your conservative views to the fact that this really couldn't get made or find a home? >> well, i'm surprised that people so-called critics are saying what they're saying without ever having seen one foot of the film. does it surprise me that some people would feel i was unfit to do this miniseries because i'm a conservative? no. but i think some people are narrow-minded and don't understand that writers from the
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left can write conservatives and oliver stone did a brilliant job on "nixon," women can write men, men can write women. if you're an honest write somewhere agnostic film writer, you tell the story and that's what we did. >> the history channel said the nern interpretation did not fit with its brand. how much creative license did you take here. >> zero. the press statement was a bit of a fiction. something that they said to cover something up. miniseries is 100% historically accurate in terms of the actual history. in terms of the stuff that isn't sourced, people talking by hind closed doors, the way i put it is, you know certain things to be factual, which is jack kennedy was unfaithful, jack and jackie never got divorced. jackie knew about his infidelity. so you basically create conversations in subscribe to
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the facts, and that's what we did. >> let's talk about the series . ar aeranstsay, that was widely publicized and now making it relevant to a 2011 audience, how do you make that new? is it because you were able to take creative license with these flee on the wall conversations that are now captured for everyone to see? >> i don't think it took a lot. you didn't have to do a lot of invention to make "the kennedys" relevant. they are still sort of stuck in time. these where glamorous people who died tragically young who continued to live in on in the national conversation and the national psyche for anyone over 45 or 50, they remember well jack kennedy, either themselves or through their families. >> sure. >> and i think, basically, it's really the most interesting
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american family of the 20th century and their story has never been told the way we've told it, which is not about the icons, not about the sensational elements, not about the things that we've already seen before, but who are these people in relationship to each other? who are these people as flesh and blood living beings? fathers and sons, husbands and wives, brothers and you know, those kinds of elements, those are the dynamics that sort of bill the mini series. >> houd buzz about the role for katie holmes being one of a pivotal role for her, to be taken as a serious actress on the other side of this outside the tabloids and that being her marriage from tom cruise. how did you see her evolve into this iconic role? do you think the president that some are saying is going to be coming after this debuts is really her -- really come her way, really her due? >> i'm thrilled for katie because she's a wonderful
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actress whose career has been obviously bifurcated by the sideshow of her personal life. the fact of the matter is, this is a game-changing role for her. she put in an enormous amount of work. every took seriously the responsibility of playing these people. i mean, they took the task to find themselves as this is going to be the definitive sort of imprint for the next generation who the kennedys are. and everyone, and katie specially, took that seriously. we had lots of conversations with her. the write somewher and myself we was, how she would be depicted. i think you'll see a lot of depth and a tremendous amount of emotion coming from her when you watch this mini series. >> do you think your critics could get their couple uppance come award season? >> i think the people are going to love this mini series. i think they're going to be compelled. >> come on. >> they're going to crash and
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burn, thomas. there we go. happy? >> i am. the thing about it, joel, because the publicity, you couldn't have paid for all of the pub list tis. a lot of people will tune in because of the fact there is a big story behind the story itself and the fact that you tell people we're not going to have a home for this, you can't find it, you can't watch, now everybody wants to see it. >> i think you're right. i think it's a big enough story without it, with it just kind of was like a rocket booster and it's incredible what's been coming in this week. >> joel, thanks for coming on today. we appreciate your honesty and insight into what it's like to put this together. "the kennedys" premiere sunday april 3rd on the reelz channel. >> thank you. coming up, what's the real purpose of the new senate muslim hearings? we'll talk about that. prince harry sets off for the north pole. no, the spare hasn't been banished. he proves he's the real deal to follow soldiers.
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i'm tyler mathieson with your cnbc market wrap. how stocks are doing todaying a pretty good picture, dow industrials up 73, off the highs for the day. s&p 500 up 7. house republicans noon introduce a bill today that would take a small tip toward dissolving presidenty fannie mae and fredde m mac. that will do it from cnbc, first in business worldwide. back to you. >> thanks so much. today the senate held its first ever hearing on prodetectg civil rights of american muslims. the jdoesn't department
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investigated 800 possible hate crimes. joining me, government liaison to the muslim council. what was your take away from this? a good tart to open the dialogue to the conversation? >> i think it was a much better start to the dialogue and hopefully going forward, we can see much more of an adult conversation on the entire issue of national security and civil liberties for our entire nation. >> in his opening remarks today, senator durbin said the event was not scheduled as a response to the controversial hearings chaired by congressman peter king investigating radical muslims in america but almost necessary to correct the inaccuracies that came out of the homeland security hearing. is that going to be the bigger takeaway from this? kind of a tit for tat? >> i don't see it as being a t
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tich tit for tat, but a good model how to move forward on a productive natio dn rights equa it it did happen today. moving forward we would like to see things in a much more constructive manner. problem solving, not political theater. >> there have been a lot of controversies to talk about that have happened over the last couple of years, especially the most heightened being the proposed mosque near ground zero, publicized effort of the paster in florida, terry jones, stage burning of the koran, saying he was going to burn the koran. what do stereotypes continue to grow and grow to so roly today? >> two factors here. one muslim-american communities and our organizations are
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learning to find their voice increasingly especially after 9/11. the second is that there is a cottage industry of individuals out there trying to both politically and financially profit off of fear and misinformation of muslims. so combining two factors together is why you see a continuing need to address a lot of these stereotypes going on. >> best thing for fear is information. thanks for coming on. appreciate your time. >> thanks for having me on. to the palace when we come back. is kate middleton already had her hen party? what is a hen party? we'll talk about it. to save me a boatload of money on my mortgage, that would be awesome!
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to the palace now, where we are exactly, can you believe i, one month away from the royal wedding. england's postal service has unveiled a new set of stamps celebrating prince william and kate middleton. the stamps will be available
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starting april 21st, eight days before the big ceremony. celia walden joins us now from london. the stamps should be a big hit with royal enthusiasts and i think obviously since they're more of a picture, they're a lot better looking than the coin. what more can you tell us about the stamps? >> reporter: that's right. well, it wouldn't be hard to be better looking than on the coin, that's for sure. >> the coin is ugly. >> reporter: it's terrible. it doesn't look anything like them at all so this created outrage back in the u.k. but this one is the portrait so quite posed. one of them is more posed than the other. they're both first class stamps, of course, you wouldn't expect any less. and the queen has decided for them she wants it to come out on the 21st of april, which is her birthday. and it may seem like a small thing to have a stamp, but actually it's the first time one of the royal grandchildren has had a stamp of their own on
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their wedding day, so it shows that we do really love the idea of this coupling. >> they're good-looking stamps. we're just showing pictures and they are better than the coin. so there was much speculation, though, about prince william's bachelor party over the weekend. butrnlso held over the weekend. but mum is the word when it comes to a lot of the details from these two events, correct? >> reporter: that's true. the british press are devastated that they haven't managed to get a picture of prince william sort of naked tied to a lamp post or with one eyebrow shaved off. they have managed to keep it all completely quiet. so not only has the prince had apparently his bachelor party at the weekend, but kate has apparently also had her -- what we call her hen night on saturday. and it was a very quiet affair at home with some friends from university. apparently not much booze, because kate doesn't like to drink very much. she gets tipsy very easily,
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apparently. >> is that a tradition, to tie the groom naked to a lamp post with one eyebrow shaved off? >> reporter: absolutely. i'm afraid back in the u.k. it can get very, very nasty. >> hide all the markers in case you pass out. that's what i say. just released today, prince harry is going to be joining an arctic trekking expedition, and this is something that was very important to him. why is he taking part in this? >> reporter: well, i think he's always been -- someone who is in the army and who underwent very rig lus training, he's always been adamant that he wants to behave like his fellow servicemen. when there was a big commotion about him going out onto the front line in iraq, he said hang me. i think in this case he's going out with four severely disabled colleagues, and he wants to show his support. >> he seems like a good guy. celia, thank you. you are a gem for coming on
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today. we appreciate your insight. >> reporter: thank you. so nbc news now has a royal wedding app to keep you updated are the latest information. we are talking about up to the second about the big day. as we pointed out earlier, we're only a month away. it is set for april 29th. the best part about this app, it is free for you. all right, so now to the play of the day. this is sure to put a smile on your face. proof that twins really do have their own language. can you translate this one? >> tod [ baby talk ] [ female announcer ] sometimes you need tomorrow
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